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Lessons in Chemistry: How to watch Brie Larson’s new TV show

The Oscar winner leads Bonnie Garmus’ book adaptation to AppleTV+

Brie Larson in Lessons in Chemistry
Brie Larson in Lessons in Chemistry (Apple TV+)

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Captain Marvel star Brie Larson swaps superpowers for science and TV-based cookery in Lessons in Chemistry, the new show that’s now streaming on Apple TV+.

Tackling gender workplace politics and female empowerment, this new serialised adaptation of author Bonnie Garmus’ popular book of the same name has been adapted by Lee Eisenberg, a writer who cut his teeth on the hugely popular American version of The Office.

What else do we know about Lessons in Chemistry? Read on for all the details you’ll need, including reviews, plot and cast information and more.

Lessons in Chemistry release date

The first two episodes of Lessons in Chemistry are streaming now on Apple TV+ after debuting on Friday, 13 October.

From there, new instalments will arrive weekly each Friday until the show’s eight-episode arc concludes on 24 November.

Lessons in Chemistry trailer

The trailer for Lessons in Chemistry invites us into a pristine and picture-perfect 1950s America - but not everything is quite so cheery beneath the facade.

After losing her chance to study for a PhD, Elizabeth Zott is given the chance to pursue a new role with unexpected benefits.

Lessons in Chemistry reviews

Lewis Pullman and Brie Larson in Lessons in Chemistry. (Alamy)
Lewis Pullman and Brie Larson in Lessons in Chemistry. (Alamy) (FlixPix)

Following the show’s debut, reviews for its first few episodes made their way online, giving us an idea of what Larson’s latest work is actually like. The Guardian seemed to enjoy it, calling the series a “delight to watch, despite more than a few clunking lines.”

The Telegraph wasn’t quite so kind, first making comparisons to fellow period series Mad Men before suggesting Eisenberg “messes with Garmus’s winning formula.” We get the sense that the Evening Standard would’ve liked to have seen a bit more, calling the show’s aesthetic “gorgeous” but suggesting it’s “a little underdone.”

Read our full review-round up below:

The Guardian: Luckily the talking dog segments are kept to a minimum (4-min read)

The Telegraph: Drowns a revolutionary heroine in gallons of TV-drama gloss (3-min read)

Evening Standard: Brie Larson cooks up a storm in this tasty but underdone show (3-min read)

The Hollywood Reporter: Brie Larson Serves Up Feminist Comfort Food in Apple TV+ Series (6-min read)

Lessons in Chemistry plot

Set in 1950s America, Lessons in Chemistry follows Elizabeth Zott, a promising young scientist and PhD student whose studies are cut short thanks to the deeply entrenched sexism of the era.

Demoted to working as a lab assistant, her fortunes change when she gets the chance to front a new cooking show called Supper at Six, using it as an unlikely outlet to teach American housewives about science.

Based on Garmus’ critically acclaimed debut novel, the story has been praised for its feminist themes and ability to mix subtle humour with deft, thought-provoking drama.

Lessons in Chemistry cast

Lewis Pullman stars in Lessons in Chemistry. (Getty Images)
Lewis Pullman stars in Lessons in Chemistry. (Getty Images) (FREDERIC J. BROWN via Getty Images)

Larson stars as the series star Zott with Top Gun: Maverick star Lewis Pullman playing her work colleague turned romantic interest Calvin Evans.

Together, they’re joined by How To Get Away With Murder’s Aja Naomi King as Harriet Slone, The Flight Attendant's Stephanie Koenig as Fran Frask, Halloween Kills’ Thomas Mann as a character named Boryweitz, The Big Bang Theory’s ​​Kevin Sussman as Walter and Jeff’s brother Beau Bridges as Wilson.

Rounding out the show’s ensemble is Ashley Monique Clark as Martha Wakeley and House of Cards’ star Derek Cecil as Dr. Robert Donatti.

Lessons in Chemistry is streaming now on Apple TV+